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UPDATE: Chattanooga Fire Department leads TN in MDA contributions

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Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO
Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO
Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO
Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO Courtesy: Bruce Garner, CFD PIO

UPDATE: With generous help from the public, Chattanooga Firefighters raised more money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association than any other fire department in Tennessee.

Jack Thompson, president of the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, Local 820 presented a check for $84,063 to Holly Carroll, MDA National Director. 

The money was raised from an annual Muscle Team Gala event, a chili cook-off, and two Fill the Boot campaigns conducted by firefighters throughout the Chattanooga area. Firefighters with Station 19 in Hixson were also recognized for raising the most money of all 19 stations within the department.

The money raised locally will help MDA provide support for patients and their families with world-class health care at MDA clinics, access to MDA Summer Camp and support groups, and assistance with medical equipment.

The Chattanooga Fire Department beat out the much larger Memphis Fire Department for top honors with MDA. "We're proud that we finished first in the state this year," said Fire Chief Chris Adams, "but this is a cause near and dear to us, so if another department raises more money and beats us next year, we're fine with that. Our main goal is to support MDA and do what we can to fight these terrible muscle diseases."


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Fire Department's "Fill the Boot" fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is underway. 

Firefighters across the country have a 60-year tradition of supporting MDA. Last year, the Chattanooga Fire Department ranked second only to Memphis in raising money for MDA in Tennessee. Funds raised through this event will support MDA's life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art clinics and research efforts. The donations also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy what they've called “the best week of the year.” 

Firefighters will be out again Friday and Saturday, collecting donations from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the following locations:   
  • Quint 1 – 6th St. & Georgia Ave
  • Ladder 1 – 3rd St. & Central
  • Squad 1 – Broad St. & Aquarium Way
  • Quint 2 – Market St & Main St
  • Quint 3 – Entrance of Walmart & Cummings Rd
  • Engine 4 – Dodson Ave & Wilcox Blvd
  • Engine 5 – 3rd St & Willow St
  • Ladder 5 – Bailey Ave & Willow St
  • Quint 6 – Bonny Oaks Dr & Hwy 58
  • Quint 7 – Hwy 58 in front of Central High School
  • Squad 7 – Hwy 58 in front of Central High School
  • Quint 8 – Shallowford Rd & Hamilton Place Blvd
  • Engine 9 – Rossville Blvd & Dodds Ave
  • Quint 10 – Wilder St & Dodson Ave
  • Engine 12 – Frazier Ave & Forrest Ave
  • Quint 13 – Greenway View Dr & Brainerd Rd
  • Squad 13 – Igou Gap Rd & Gunbarrel Rd
  • Quint 14 – St. Elmo Ave & 38th St
  • Engine 15 – Moore Rd & Shallowford Rd
  • Quint 16 – Lupton Dr & Hixson Pike
  • Quint 17 – Mountain Creek Rd & Signal Mtn Blvd
  • Quint 19 – North Point Rd & Hixson Pike
  • Squad 19 – West North Gate Entrance
  • Squad 20 – Brown Ferry Rd & Cummings Rd
  • Quint 21 – E. Brainerd Rd & Jenkins Rd
  • Engine 22 – Walmart Entrance and Exit by Chik-Fil-A on Hwy 153
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